So… where was I when I last posted? Oh yea, smack dab in the middle of the worst year ever! 2016 brought an unrelenting onslaught of tragedies, disasters, shootings, bombings, protests, iconic celebrity passings, and “unpresidented”* political farce. Some of you are also aware of the sadness that befell our family last April, with the tragic death of my brother, Carl. Losing him was heartbreaking, and nine months later, I’m still struggling with grief.
My doctor tells me it takes a good year to process the loss of a loved one. I’m fortunate that friends have weathered the journey with me, holding me close, mopping my tears, and listening, without judgment when I rant and blather on and on about it. They’ve supported me with patience and love and coffee and chocolate, but lately, I’ve noticed them nudging me back to reality.
Whenever I see my friend, Kathy, she asks if I’ve written a new blog post. Linda even gave me an ultimatum; "No new quilt photos until you start blogging again." I guess Persnickety Quilts is a pretty accurate barometer of my ups and downs. No posts mean bad news; but when I’m feeling better, I manage to concentrate, focus and muster up a few words. Hopefully, I'll be able to stick with it.
Intensive fabric therapy has been a big part of my recovery. Linda dug through piles of never started/never finished quilt projects in hopes that something would spark my interest. This one did, even though it was nothing more than a baggie of precut plaids. Do you remember the heyday of woven plaids from the mid 1990’s? Kathie Holland sent me the kit just about that long ago.
Wanda Hanson sewed it all up for me and doubled the size of the quilt by adding plaids from her own collection. It's now a generous table-topper size. Look at the beautiful backing and striped binding Wanda used. My favorite color!
Exquisite, 18" x 27"
A reader once described what I do now as “quilting by proxy” and hoped it brought me satisfaction. This time around, it's revived my creative spirit. Thank you!
*Donald Trumpism, misspelling the word “unprecedented” as “unpresidented.”